HANCOCK - St. James boys basketball coach Mike Brooks made it a point to stop Hancock senior Brad Spielman, who came into Saturday's game with the reputation as the Panthers' gunslinger in the backcourt.
The Saints did a good job, holding Spielman to a season-low two baskets and 10 points.
If Hancock were a one-man team, St James (0-6) may have been in the game.
As it turned out, the Panthers (9-1) shifted its game from the perimeter to the paint, feeding the ball to 6-foot-8 senior Jeff Willison and junior Dylan Shives as the Panthers ran away from the Saints, 77-54.
Willison, who recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Shives, who had 18 points and eight rebounds, were too much for the Saints as the Panthers won their eighth in a row.
"We are playing about as solid as we expected to be at this point in the season," Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. "We really didn't know what to expect with (St. James)."